A child named Huxley, who is 4 and 1/2 years old and lives with Autism, was “rehomed” to a new family after being adopted to Myka Stauffer and her husband. Huxley was adopted from China and was part of the Stauffer family since he was 2 and 1/2 years old. The Stuaffers did not expect him to have severe disabilities when they first adopted him. The adoption agency claims they did not know much about his disability, along with other disabilities and/or medical issues. This was way more than the family could handle. The parents felt that Huxley needed to be in a family in which were capable of supporting all of his needs for his whole life. The parents put Huxley back with the adoption agency where they first got him, and the agency provided Huxley a new family. The family did not share what other disabilities and/or medical issues Huxley had, but they shared an update that they highly believe his new family will be able to take care of all his special needs, since having medical professional background. The family has a YouTube channel, and their journey with Huxley is included.
All I will share is that there has been back and forth arguments about the family’s decision. Here are both sides people expressed about the family’s decision, based on my understanding of the situation. There are people who express empathy for the parents because they can relate to the everyday struggles of raising a child with a disability and their expectations to love, care, and provide the special needs to their child living with a disability, with or without other disabilities and/or medical issues, are above their potential. Also, there are families who can relate when it comes to adopting a child and about adoption agencies that were not good for not sharing enough information about the child. On the other hand, there are people who argued that the parents should have never gave up on Huxley, even as an adopted child with disabilities and/or medical issues. They should have continued to do whatever they can, to the best of their abilities for him, because of their love for who Huxley is; If they really wanted him, such as they adopted him in the first place, they would continue to do anything it takes for him. People felt from there that they family did not truly love Huxley because they put him with a new family, after Huxley only being with them for just 2 and 1/2 years. In the end, what would you do as a parent of a child with disabilities and/or medical issues, even if they were adopted or not?